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JEWEL BOX
JEWEL BOX

Wood and bone / Artistic Bone Carving. XVII-early XX Centuries

JEWEL BOX

Russian North, work by a Kholmogory master, mid-18th century

Bone, wood, mica, foil, pierced work, relief carving, color engraving

mid 18th century

Kholmogory

МХП 1228, НДК

Bone, wood, mica, foil, metal, carving, engraving

Woodwork and Bone Work Department

This chest with wooden base is covered in cut-through, engraved and etched bone plates. Their versatile combination gives the item joyful and festive look. The cut-through plates feature the images of animals and birds encircled with rocaille pattern. The pattern was developed in the middle of the 18th century but was so deeply integrated into Kholmogory carving tradition that its variations were continued to be used in different items even in the 20th century.